Professional Engineers Of North Carolina

SPR 2014

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24 the Professional Engineer Spring 2014 M AT H C O U N T S 2014 Mathcounts Middle-school students and PENC members win with national math competition. E ach February, hundreds of seventh- and eighth-graders participate in MATH- COUNTS competitions in each of the nine Professional Engineers of North Carolina chapters. A national program, MATHCOUNTS is sponsored by NSPE and, here in N.C., by PENC and supported by Te N.C. Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics and many generous private companies and individu- als. MATHCOUNTS prepares students for advan- ced mathematics courses and technical careers such as engineering. Each competition consists of written and oral contests. Team and individual winners are selected on combined scores of the contests. Te top-scoring teams at the chapter level advance to the state competition, held in March. If the four top- scoring individuals are not on the top-scoring teams, they also are invited to compete. Te four top-scor- ing individuals at the state competition make the North Carolina team, which takes part in the national competition in Washington, D.C., against teams from the other 49 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Panama and State Department and Defense Department schools. Chapters report that MATHCOUNTS is the most exciting program initiated by the NSPE in recent years. Te program is an excellent opportunity to involve new members while attracting support from longtime members. Tese photos are from the PENC Central Carolina MATHCOUNTS competition. Math_Winter14.indd 24 3/27/14 11:37 AM

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